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Hi, I'm a novice. I live between DC and Baltimore, and there are not a lot of public woodlands within easy reach. The few that seem like good options are either research refuges, national parks or state parks. I have found it to be extremely difficult to find a straight answer as to what the laws about foraging for mushrooms are in the US or Maryland, and I would also like to know if the rules are different between state/national parks/forests etc.. For example, I found a NPS statement that says it is illegal to remove any plant material from any national park, but on several national park websites, particularly in the pacific northwest, but also in the Shenandoah there is actually advice about collecting mushrooms. I don't want to break laws, and I love the park system and want to support it. I emailed the research refuge but got no response. Is there already a topic on this? Does anyone have a recommendation as to where US foraging laws are clearly laid out? Or failing that, a couple suggestions as to where it is definitely legal would suffice! (other than backyards, I just ain't got one :) )

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Brendan, I live out in NW Va. .., and I have found the laws and codes very vague .. I hunt morels in the Shenandoah NP. .. I have been told by several people that I can harvest 2 gallons a day . But I have not seen that in print .. There is a state park not far from here that I hunt occasionally, and there is a sign when you enter that states, no minerals or plants may be removed . But no mention of fungi .. They do allow deer hunting however .. I have been approached by park rangers in the past without any incident, have never been told to stop my hunt ..I have been told by a ranger in the Manassas battlefield, not to remove so much as a leaf though.. I wish I could be of more help, but the laws are vague at best ..

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Thank you, yes that is pretty much an echo of my experience. It's funny how vague the laws seem to be. You would think hunting and fishing would mean foraging was ok... but... shrug.

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I was told by my hubby that I can forage wild mushrooms in state parks/ game lands for personal use, and I  only can pick 2 LBS a day  not for the commercial use.
But I can't stop gethering the good morels and chanties to 2 LBS a day only.  Most of the time felt guilty for over loaded my basket. Especially I found hens, one can weigh 30,40, even 50 LBS sometimes. What about this situation?  Cut the 30 LBS hens off 2 LBS in 15 days?  If the law only allow people gethering 2 LBS of wild mushroom,  Big hens could send me to jail many many times. 

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